Of course, the Bush administration did no such thing. There was legitimate concern that newspapers such as the New York Times were publishing national security secrets on the front page, thereby endangering our men and women on the battlefield and our broader national security. But dissent was never discouraged or punished.
Unlike what the Obama Team is doing today.
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden blew a gasket when faced with tough questions from a local news anchor in Florida this weekend. Barbara West, of WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando, asked Biden to comment on Obama’s very revealing statement to Joe the Plumber that he’d like to "spread the wealth around." She quoted Karl Marx and asked if Obama’s remark were, in fact, Marxist.
"Are you joking?" he asked. "No," she retorted.
This reaction from a guy who just said paying more taxes is "patriotic" and that we all need to pay more to do "our part."
Later, West asked Biden if his recent comment about the "world" testing Obama within the first six months of his presidency meant that America would no longer be a superpower capable of deterring such a test.
Biden’s reply? "I don’t know who’s writing your questions."
(Watch the entire interview here.)
Biden was so rattled by her questions that the Obama campaign canceled a scheduled interview between the station and Biden’s wife Jill. "This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely at best, for the duration of the remaining days until the election," the campaign fumed. Ask a question, get frozen out.
Let’s get this straight: Biden couldn’t face down some tough questions from a local news reporter, but we’re supposed to believe he’d be comfortable facing down Iran, Russia, and North Korea? And Biden is supposed to be the one on his ticket who’s tough on foreign policy.
More importantly, this episode points to a very troubling pattern. Whenever confronted by difficult questions posed by people who haven’t succumbed to the creepy Obama Hypnosis, the Obama Team’s reaction is to silence them. They did it to a Chicago radio station that dared to interview someone critical of Obama’s past. They did it to Joe the Plumber, seeking to destroy him for daring to ask Obama a question about taxes. They are threatening to do it nationwide with the Fairness Doctrine.
You aren’t allowed to raise Obama’s middle name, Hussein. You aren’t allowed to say that half of his family is Muslim. You aren’t allowed to say that he was born to a Muslim father, which, under Islam, automatically made him a Muslim. You aren’t allowed to discuss Reverend Wright. Or Bill Ayers. Or Bernardine Dohrn. Or Louis Farrakhan. Or Father Phleger. Or Tony Rezko. You aren’t allowed to point out that so far, the Iranians, the Russians, the Syrians, Hamas, parts of al Qaeda, Hugo Chavez, the Castro brothers, and Kim Jong Il have endorsed him. You aren’t allowed to ask him about the vote fraud or illegal campaign contributions being done in his name. You aren’t allowed to say he’s lying about his tax plan. Or about his past associations. Or his past, period.
If you raise any of these issues, you risk being punished, smeared, and silenced.
If this is the chill that has set in already, just imagine what it will be like once they take the White House.
Watch what you say. Or else.
And now, a message from our Dear Leader…